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Old 10-05-2008, 10:19   #1
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Being a Slave to Your Grip

In my Point Phooting Progressions course I teach all of the varying speeds of movement, to every direction on the clock. The one thing that I refuse to teach/advocate is back peddeling. Force on force has proven time and time again that back peddeling often has disasterous consequences. When back peddeling, you are basically half way on the ground already. The rearward momentum puts you in the positon to be mowed right over......quite easily. In FOF I have seen a number of people take some very hard falls while back peddeling. Not only do you end up on your ass, but you will most likely take a significant impact to your head as your adversary drives you into the ground. Since the speed of your backpeddel will never match your speed with dynamic "turret of the tank" movement. Dynamic "turret of the tank" movement is a far better choice inside of sevne yards. Back peddeling leaves you in the position for your adversary to overcome you and overwelm you.

While teaching movement in every direction, I would witness the same thing over and over again within a certain cross section of students. We would be moving to the 5:00 and the students would inevitable end up in a back peddle. It was odd, no matter how many times I would demo it sucessfully, they would still end up back peddling.

Finally, I figured out what the difference between what I was doing and what they were doing. I tend to be very fluid, I accept very few hard rules, and I am very comfortable just doing whatever needs to be done to get the job done. Within this fluidity, I found that I would alter my grip on the gun to relieve tension in my body, by relieving this tension I never felt the need to unwind and back peddle.

I found that the students that were having the problem did not know that they could alter their grip. They had one grip and they were slaves to that one grip. This left them in a position where they had no choice but to unwind the body and back peddle inside of the designed drill.

As soon as I figured out the problem I started looking at what I was doing. What I was doing was adjusting the support side hand into a C.A.R (Center Axis Relock) type of grip. As soon as I diagnosed the problem and began teaching the C.A.R grip, the back peddling went away. This epiphany came out of no where in my Hiawassee Georgia course and is now a permanent part of the curriculum. I teach it as a car jacking grip from the drivers seat to the 9:00 and the 7:00 and it just leads right into movement to the 5:00.

I was watching Die Less Often II again tonight and noticed that Gabe uses the same exact grip while moving to the 1:00.

Do not be a slave to your grip. You can make the hits with some pretty major adjustments on the support side hand.

And once again we have further proof that the fundamentals of marksmanship have next to nothing to do with the fundamentals of combat shooting.

Roger Phillips, Suarez International Specialist Instructor
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